Blackstack Studio member AK Lee ‘Something of Happiness – a backdrop for civil marriage ceremonies’ at Watergate Theatre, Parliament Street, Kilkenny from 6th September 2018 to 30th September 2018 10.30am – 5.00pm.
“For years I lived close to a Registry Office. Families would queue for photos by the tree outside. For the first few years the block wall in the background went unplastered. At an otherwise lovely wedding there I found it office-y, lots of washable paint and signs for fire extinguishers. ‘Something of Happiness’ is made with there in mind.
Given the occasion, anything arch or excluding would be inappropriate. It is occasion-specific and made with a very specific audience in mind: Great Granny and her Great Grandchild can have their photograph taken in front of it comfortably.
Something of Happiness is secular and the central couple is deliberately gender-vague. It’s a 3-d paperwork but responds to traditional stained glass. It’s approximately 11 feet wide x 8 feet tall. It took roughly 2 days per week for 3 and half years spread over four years. It had two long false starts but was otherwise an absolute joy to do.”